Once in a while I have an opportunity to shoot people. Of the different types of photography presented in this site, portraits require quickly moving through the process so the subject does not get bored or tired. The primary goal of my portrait shoots is to create a safe, fun environment. The second is to offer photography taken in natural settings of people as they appear in everyday life. No suiting up or positioning yourself in front of false, scenic backdrops... unless you really, really want to.
1. In Concert - Natalia Lafourcade (f/2.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 3200, 50mm)
2. Talent - Will (f/5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, 85mm)
3. Crafted to Perfection - Alexa - seedsofremembrance.com (f/9.0, 1/160 sec, ISO 800, 50mm)
4. Espada Y Daga (Sword and Dagger) - Guro Tufts - azkali.com (f/4.0, 1/200 sec, ISO 800, 85mm)
5. Always a Beautiful Smile - Victoria (f/8, 1/13 sec, ISO 400, 50mm)
6. Dia de Los Muertos - Julia (f/5.6, 1/13 sec, ISO 400 50mm)
A few years ago, I discovered that Natalia LaFourcade was including a concert stop in PHX as part of her first world tour. I mustered my best Spanish and e-mailed her management in Mexico with a request to photograph the concert. Not being a "known" photographer, I was very surprised and pleased to receive a positive response. I prepared by studying everything I could find online about concert photography. This opportunity was going to be my first. Upon arriving at the venue, I was told I could only photograph the first three songs, which greatly reduced the time allowed to figure out how to do it right. But the challenge paid off. I quickly got used to using camera angles that avoided directly looking into the spot lights and learned how to follow Natalia's motion to capture some good clear images. One of my favorites is the first image in the gallery on this page.